Today, is the 20th anniversary of the tragic death of the Princess of R&B, Aaliyah. On August 25th, 2001, Aaliyah and eight others died in a plane crash in the Bahamas. Her art, influence and legacy have lived on for the last two decades.
Last week, we published our CYInterview with author Kathy Iandoli, who has written a new book on the star, titled Baby Girl: Better Known as Aaliyah. You can find that CYInterview by clicking here.
During our discussion with Kathy, I asked her how fans would handle the 20th anniversary of Aaliyah’s passing. This is what she said to us:
“I think that we were so nervous to approach this 20th anniversary because it’s kind of a pit in your stomach, but you’re not sure what to make of it. I was hoping that the book would at least add a brighter note to it because we’re completely celebrating Aaliyah. But now with the book and the music, I mean there’s billboards in Times Square of Aaliyah, just giant billboards now. Now that this is a celebration of life now, not an anniversary of death. For the first time when it comes to Aaliyah, we’re finally just making this the celebration of life.”
Baby Girl: Better Known as Aaliyah is currently a number one best seller on Amazon, in the R&B & Soul Artist Biographies category.